Recently there was a meeting in Tirupati, India by the GBC on whether to allow female bodied devotees to become initiating Gurus in ISKCON. This question had come up twice before in the last few years and there was a lot of debate about it and so it didn’t go ahead. This time it seems to have been more or less decided to implement it although there was a mention of another final session on it in Mayapur this January.
I was very happy to see leaders of the Indian Yatras jointly stating their complete opposition to this strange idea, in the form of a resolution which they also submitted to the Sampradaya Sun website sometime last week. What I found particularly enlivening was the word ‘Varnasram’, which I saw occurred in the document. This for me is probably the first time that I saw a mention of this aspect of our mission on any GBC level document.
For anyone regularly hearing Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and reading his books with a submissive mood this idea seems so far-fetched from the direction that we are supposed to be going. I say submissive because there is now a class of devotees in ISKCON who read Srila Prabhupada’s books and hear the lectures with the idea that some of what he says is wrong and needs to be corrected and edited. That is extremely offensive and thus cannot lead to any spiritual advancement.